United by Love, 1938

The 19th century melodrama "United by Love" was presented on August 23, 1938 on a Works Progress Administration (WPA) traveling stage in Tacoma's South Park. The "Theater on Wheels," a joint enterprise of the WPA and the Metropolitan Parks Board, featured more than 100 performers in a variety of productions accompanied by the 6-piece professional…
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Columbarium, 1924

This August 1924 photo showcases the recently added columbarium at Oakwood Cemetery & Funeral Home in Tacoma. In response to an increasing number of cremations, an additional columbarium was built in 1923 to supplement the original, smaller one. The niches, stacked one on top of another, were encased in glass so that urns and other…
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Master Gardener, 1974

Tacoma's John Miller was a master gardener who helped others with their gardening efforts through the Master Gardener Program Clinics sponsored by the Pierce County Cooperative Extension Service. Mr. Miller, pictured here in August of 1974 watering his garden, had just harvested a bumper crop of potatoes from his 65 x 135-foot lot overlooking Puget…
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Selika Pettiford, 1948

Noted organist Selika Pettiford, wearing a floor-length lace gown, posed at the piano and electric organ she played at the Olympus Hotel in August 1948. Behind her are two mirrors positioned so the audience could watch her hands as she performed. The Olympus Hotel was located at 815 Pacific Avenue. http://goo.gl/KdYgbh…
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Cable-Car Seating, 1954

Steve's Cafe, more commonly known as Steve's Gay 90's, was a popular eating establishment for several decades. Located on South Tacoma Way, it was owned by Stephen O. Pease and John J. Stanley and offered, according to the 1954 Tacoma city directory, a "Smorgasbord of American Dishes Served in an Atmosphere of the Gay 90's.…
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Shipyard Safety, 1943

In July of 1943, Al Riviere and Frank Bujan appear to be lighting after-meal cigarettes at the Seattle-Tacoma shipyard, ignoring the giant warning painted on the building behind them. Despite appearances, the two Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. employees were not trying to burn down the plant, they were actually posing for a series of photographs demonstrating…
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